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Posted on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 : 5:50 p.m.

Toyota to introduce refreshed Venza crossover engineered in Ann Arbor area

By Nathan Bomey

Japanese automaker Toyota plans to introduce the refreshed version of the Venza crossover, a vehicle engineering in the Ann Arbor area, at the 2012 New Auto Show in April.

The 2013 Venza is getting improved styling, a new grille, fog lamps and rear taillights, the automaker said. It will be sold in several versions, including 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and all-wheel-drive.


Toyota released this teaser image showing part of the 2013 Venza crossover, which was engineered and partly designed in the Ann Arbor area.

Photo courtesy of Toyota

Engineers at the company's Toyota Technical Center in York Township and designers at its Calty Design studios in California and the Ann Arbor area handled the vehicle's development. The Toyota Technical Center also engineered the original version of the Venza, which was introduced to the media at the 2008 Detroit auto show.

"Venza was developed specifically for the North American market, appealing to customers who prioritize bold, innovative design, a luxurious and refined interior and excellent handling, but still require roominess and versatility," Toyota said in a news release.

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Dog Guy

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 : 8:39 p.m.

The Venza is only styled in the USA. Buyers may be assured that they will get imported engineering and will not be shamed in the U of M or AAPS staff parking lots. The engine, transmission, electronics, air conditioning, et cet. will be imported at great expense to assure a vehicle evincing your superiority.